Our Team

Phil Thomson

Co-Founder & CEO

CEO and a co-founder of Auror, Phil is responsible for the business and management operations. A reformed lawyer who specialised in intellectual property and privacy law, Phil gave up the corporate dream to become part of a startup seeking to tackle the global problem of crime. He is passionate about helping police and communities work together to prevent crime.

Superpower: Optimism
Likes: Progress
Dislikes: Poor Grammar

James Choi

Co-Founder & CTO

A technical co-founder of Auror, James is in charge of our technical strategy, technology partnerships, research and development. He is a data architect with over 10 years experience in delivering enterprise projects. Drawing on experience from Deloitte and SPARQ Solutions, he supports the development team in problem solving, planning, and building a scalable solution.

Superpower: Processing Data
Likes: New Tech
Dislikes: Celery

Tom Batterbury

Co-Founder & Head of Product

A co-founder of Auror, Tom oversees our product direction and marketing strategy. An opportunity to build a global business with purpose proved too compelling for Tom to resist, leaving his role as a Management Consultant to build the business from the ground up. His role ensures our platform best assists our customers solve and prevent crime in real-time.

Superpower: Sense of Urgency
Likes: Progress
Dislikes: Monotony

James Corbett

Co-Founder & Development Lead

A co-founder, leading our development team, James is responsible for the planning, prioritising and collaboration within the team. Drawing on his invaluable experience from Xero, he oversees the development team in bringing their new software updates and intuitive feature adaptions to our users.

Superpower: Planning
Likes: Collaboration
Dislikes: Inaction

J'aime Laurenson

Product UX

J’aime’s core focus is our users, ensuring our product can help them prevent crime in their day to day lives. With a background in law, engineering and consulting and a Masters in Entrepreneurship, he brings a unique set of skills to understand users’ pain points and come up with smart ways to solve complex problems.

Superpower: Problem Solving
Likes: Data Driven Insights
Dislikes: Price of Post-it Notes

Ellen Dick

Community Manager

Ellen is responsible for user happiness at Auror. It is her mission to keep our community of users happy and engaged, driving crime prevention in their community. She coordinates support and training for our users, empowering them with understanding about how to best harness the potential of our platform for crime prevention. She also provides user communications to keep them in the loop with the latest crime tips and trends, using our intel to best equip our users for prevention on the job.

Superpower: Storytelling
Likes: Integrity
Dislikes: Apathy

Christiano Borchardt

Senior Developer

Christiano is our senior back-end developer, focusing on data security, service architecture and platform scale. He is part of the development team, drawing on his extensive experience from his time at Xero, ensuring the software runs smoothly for our users.

Superpower: Patience
Likes: Inventiveness
Dislikes: Antagonists

Kevin Ptak

Content & Communications Manager

Kevin is responsible for telling the company’s story to the world. He draws on more than a decade of public relations experience working in the technology sector in New Zealand and the United States, particularly with innovation and growth companies. At Auror his role encompasses all marketing, PR and communications activity.

Superpower: Persuasion
Likes: Adventure
Dislikes: Bad gramarz

Nima Shahri

Senior Developer

Nima brings more than 14 years of experience in software development to the Auror team. Prior to Auror, he was part of the product team at Xero where he worked primarily in front end development. His focus is on software architecture and next-generation applications that help make the Auror platform even more stable.

Superpower: Problem Analysis
Likes: Innovation
Dislikes: Bureaucracy

Matheus Baumgart

Design Lead

Matheus is an experienced craftsman of all things visual, on mobile, web and desktop. A Full-stack Designer with an entrepreneurial streak, he designs and implements pleasing applications, diligently improving usability and user experience.

Superpower: Scrupulousness
Likes: Inventiveness
Dislikes: Carelessness

James Freeman


James is a software developer, solving complicated programming and development problems, to ensure the platform is performing at its best. With a focus on high-level performance, he works to reduce resources required in the crime fighting journey for retailers, making it easier and more convenient to report crime.

Superpower: Level Headedness
Likes: Logic
Dislikes: Eggplant

Sara Remnerth

Sara Remnerth

Product Analyst

Sara works as the bridge between the product and development teams at Auror, transforming user needs into project specifications and ensuring that these needs are met. With a background as a Project Manager and entrepreneur, she’s a prioritisation ninja, making sure that our development team is focused on the right tasks.

Superpower: Empathy
Likes: Getting things done
Dislikes: Pessimists

Rob Dumbleton

Data Analyst

Rob is our numbers man. As a data analyst, he’s responsible for sifting through the information on our platform to derive new insights and intelligence that helps our community to fight crime better and Auror to make our software better. His background is in mathematics and civil engineering, with a hefty dose of independent study of probabilities, analytics and the scientific method.

Superpower: Analysis & Deduction
Likes: Omelets
Dislikes: Bridge traffic

Harriet Beex

Graphic Designer

Harriet is a recent Spatial Design student, currently in her honors year. She is responsible for the aesthetics of the Auror collateral, from the blog, to our Crimelight publication or Crime Fighter awards. Passionate and driven, she balances her studies and the demands of the Auror team to deliver slick content.

Superpower: Aesthetics
Likes: Copy and Paste
Dislikes: Negativity


Danny Gilligan

Director / Advisor

Danny is a Managing Partner of Reinventure. His experience supporting disruptive businesses with data plays, means he’s right at home supporting the Auror team in their crime fighting efforts. A background in corporate finance and an innovative mindset has led Danny to be a lover of all things disruptive, interesting and unique.

Sam Morgan


Sam was the founder of TradeMe and is a director of global accounting software giant, Xero. He’s an investor in Auror and serves as a great role model for the Auror Team drawing on his vast experiences in scaling businesses.

Andrew Dyer


Andrew is an experienced executive, chairman and company director and serves on a number of boards. He is helping us to hit the ground running in the Australian market.

Geoff Lawrie


Geoff is an independent director and advisor, specialising in the Hi-Tech sector. His previous executive roles include the New Zealand CEO of Microsoft and Cisco Systems.

Ken Lay


Ken Lay is a former Australian police officer and Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police. His extensive background in law enforcement guides Auror’s approach to developing partnerships with Police, and provides invaluable insight and guidance to support Auror’s market entry in Australia.

Kirsti Grant


Kirsti is the CEO and Co-Founder of Populate, a collaborative headcount planning and team insights platform that helps companies manage their growth, talent and culture. In her role as an advisor to Auror, Kirsti is developing our people processes to help our team find and retain the talent we need to scale and fight crime around the world.